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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 4, 2011 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: More FFX Pics

And better....

In the attached picture with Tony all alone, he was telling us about how many years ago when he was about 14 years old he was watching Clarence White play a beat up Martin D-28. He asked Clarence if he could play the guitar and he let him. Then in that signature, incomparable gravelly voice, Tony said that the guitar he had in his hands right now was THAT guitar. The crowd went nuts. Then he told us he was going to play "I Am A Pilgrim" in tribute to Clarence White. He told us it made him cry every time he heard it. The crowd understandably went ape shit.

The last pic is with Josh Williams - 2010 IBMA Guitar Player of the Year. Tony told us how proud he was when Josh won his first in 2008 - Tony ran up to him and gave him a big hug and told him how well deserved it was. Then when Josh won again in 2009 he walked up and shook his hand. When he won again in 2010 Tony asked him to play mandolin in the Tony Rice Unit.

Superb.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 4, 2011 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Musical Mount Rushmore

I was almost speechless....but I got better.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 4, 2011 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: FloydFest X Finale

Yeah, I had a good time.

I'll get a more detailed response outlining the other musical performers and sets soon.

357 days until FloydFest XI.........

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Aug 5, 2011 4:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FloydFest X Finale

My little league coach had hair like Del's—they just don't make hair like that anymore.

BUT, what's up with the thrift store hat? I'll try to send you one in crimson before next year.

TOOTMO

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Poster: wineland Date: Aug 4, 2011 1:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FloydFest X Finale

I love how Del looks so put together and classic in that photo with you.

Mind if we ask how you got backstage access? And how about that holy grail I've been searching the world over for? ...the bottomless beer stein.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 4, 2011 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FloydFest X Finale

wine -

I went with the VIP package this year. Well worth the $400 in my opinion. VIP got us early entry Wednesday at noon - the fest officially starts at 4:00PM on Thursday. We did have three sound check party passes Wed night to see Big Daddy Love, Bryan Elijah Smith and the Wild Hearts and The Mantras. Throughout the fest, we had several really good sets in the VIP tent: Jackass Flats, Blood Roots Barter, New Monsoon acoustic, DJ Williams Projekt, Big Something, Dirk Powell, and others.

Also included:

- Two meals a day. We ate in the VIP/Artist tent and had an opportunity to mingle with the performers. On Friday I sat with Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhoff and Sam Cutler and just listened. (Sam is still wasted from the '60s). The food was really good. In years past I had always lugged in cooking gear and a big cooler and prepared my own meals and bartered a big plate of scrambled eggs and bacon or a brat or burger for beer tickets with the newbie hippies. Not having to pack all that stuff in was worth it. The vendor food was pretty good too - but one can only eat certified naturally grown, organic, gluten free, hermetically sealed black bean burritos, veggie wraps or falafels for so long. I did buy funnel cakes because fried dough and powdered sugar is a food group. I did barter 10 of my ghost peppers for 10 peaches and 10 apples at the on site farmer's market produce stand.
- Backstage access on the two stages with back stages - all the other stages are pretty much open and you can walk right up anyway.
- Side stage seating on the Main Stage (this alone made it worth it)
- Private camping area - on flat ground. Much improved over the other camping areas.
- Private showers
- And the almighty bottomless beer cup. Foothills Brewery, Starr Hill, Magic Hat, Breckenridge Brewery, Chateau Morrisette Vineyard and Woodchuck Cider were the standout vendors. I am still reconstructing the different brews I tried out. Some were better than others. There was also a real cute hippie chick dispensing kombuchi - I have no idea what it is/was other than some concotion of mushroom mold and black tea and is alledgedly good for you. Whatever, she was cute and it tasted pretty good.....

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Poster: wineland Date: Aug 4, 2011 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FloydFest X Finale

That sounds like a blast! And if you have the extra dough I'd say that's a bargain.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 5, 2011 4:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FloydFest X Finale

But did you have a good time? LOL
Thanks for the detailed report, sounds like a blast.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 4, 2011 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Musical Mount Rushmore picture Do over

This is kicking my ass.

If these post, the Dawg and Rowan pic is one of my favorites from the festival. These two giants sitting and watching Del McCoury play gave me goosebumps. The look on their faces as they sat their with their instruments was like "Ooooo, pick me, pick me!!" And of course, Del did and the set just ratcheted up to another level.

Wait till I tell you about Sam Bush sitting in with Robert Randolph and the Family Band........

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Poster: davebigdaddy Date: Aug 4, 2011 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Musical Mount Rushmore picture Do over

A couple of years back I saw Rowan and Rice in a tiny opera house in Clayton, NY. Row L if memory serves. Twas almost a religious experience. I just can't even imagine how charged up one could get witnessing that assemblage of bluegrass giants at the same time. Many thanks for the pics!!